How long cats remember their owners: what they think about people

Alina MilsentLife
Cats take the separation from their owners differently

Often, owners who are forced to leave their cats for a long time are tormented by the question: will the cat remember them after a long absence? Will it be too much stress for the animal and will it be able to get used to the new temporary owners?

Experts say that it is impossible to give an unambiguous answer to this question - it all depends on the cat's psyche and character. OBOZREVATEL has analyzed what cats think about people and how long they remember their owners.

How the cat's memory works

A cat's memory of its owner works in a specific way. They are highly sensitive to others and get used to their owners only when they feel safe.

Researchers say that cats perceive and see people as big cats. The main thing is that they are not aggressive. Cats understand intonation, facial expressions, and gestures.

Cats' thinking, psyche, and memory are very non-standard. It all depends on the specific characteristics and breed. Some cats are very independent; they do not like affection, excessive attention, or touching. It is important for them that the owner provides them with food, water, and a clean litter box. These cats live a somewhat secluded life and will quickly get used to their new surroundings.

Other cats are very sociable, playful, and affectionate. They need attention vitally. They quickly and permanently become attached to their owners and will miss them very much in their absence. There have been cases when cats refused food and water for a long time near new people and spent all their time in a safe hiding place. Indeed, some cats cannot forget their owners for a long time and start to get sick when they are stressed.

Will the cat recognize the owner after a long separation

Cats have a good memory for odors. So, they can recognize their owners even after years of absence. Cats can remember a person's voice, intonation, and touch. However, the owner and the cat must have had a close, trusting relationship in the past. Cats remember people with whom they spent a lot of time.

Volunteers from animal shelters say that cats can recognize their owners even after several years of separation.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told what breeds of cats are best suited for the apartment.

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